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Jury Rigged Headset

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InductanceFTW

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My headset for my computer just crapped out for no reason (well, I'm sure there is one, I just don't know what it is). It appears the only problem is each ear thing. One stopped working last week, and the right one just gave out. I have a speaker with me, along with a microphone and several other sound type things. Could I cut the headset from the wire leading from the speakers to it, then solder the wire onto the speaker, and use it as a POS headset until I can make a run to Radioshack tomorrow? Or will this not work? If I really thought this through, it would work, but I'm tired and running on a gallon of sweet tea, so I don't feel like thinking.

This will probably end with me burning myself with the soldering iron, but I don't care. Help, please.
 

InductanceFTW

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I should probably clarify that more.

Can I take the wire that connects my computer speakers to the headset, sever that wire, than solder on a speaker, and have it work?
 

LTX71CM

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If I'm following your train of thought properly then no, it won't work, not well at least. The line out jacks on a computer sound card aren't intended to drive speakers directly and attempting to do so puts a few key parts at risk of damage. Way back in the old days some ISA sound cards could drive one or two high impedance speakers to a reasonable volume but those days are long behind us. Bottom line, don't risk it, just wait until you can obtain the proper stuff.
 

audioguru

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A headset output is at a low enough level that does not blow your ears off. Its level is far too low to drive a speaker (unless you wear the speaker on your ear).
 

Norlin

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Look inside your right earpiece, perhaps one of the two wires simply became detached from the speaker in there? Happens often to me from tension on the wire.
 
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